What is Carafate?Carafate is used for short-term (up to 8 weeks) treatment of active duodenal ulcers and for maintenance therapy (at reduced doses) after healing of acute ulcers.
What is the most important information I should know about Carafate?A duodenal ulcer is a recurring illness. While Carafate can cure an acute ulcer, it cannot prevent other ulcers from developing or lessen their severity.
Who should not take Carafate?Carafate should not be used by children.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Carafate?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Carafate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney failure, are on dialysis, or if you are taking aluminum-containing antacids.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Active Duodenal Ulcer
Adults: The usual dose is 1 gram (g) 4 times a day on an empty stomach. Although your ulcer may heal during the first 2 weeks of therapy, Carafate should be continued for 4-8 weeks.
The usual dose is 1 g taken twice a day.
How should I take Carafate?Carafate works best when taken on an empty stomach. If you take an antacid to relieve pain, avoid using it within 30 minutes before or after you take Carafate. Always take Carafate exactly as prescribed. If you are taking Carafate suspension, shake well before using.
What should I avoid while taking Carafate?Avoid aluminum-containing antacids if you have kidney failure.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Carafate?If Carafate is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Carafate with the following: antacids; cimetidine; digoxin; drugs for controlling spasms, such as dicyclomine; ketoconazole; levothyroxine; phenytoin; quinidine; quinolone antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin; ranitidine; tetracycline; and theophylline.
What are the possible side effects of Carafate?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: constipation, nausea, vomiting, gastric discomfort
Can I receive Carafate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Carafate during pregnancy are not known. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or you are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Carafate?If you miss a dose of Carafate, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take two doses at the same time.
How should I store Carafate?Store at room temperature. Protect the suspension from freezing.
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